Town striker heads to France ready to take on the best
The 33-year-old Town striker has been included in the Republic of Ireland squad for the European Championship, with the tournament kicking off in France at the end of next week.
Murph has been capped 21 times by Ireland but had not featured at international level for six years until Martin O’Neill rekindled his career in a green shirt in 2014, playing him against Serbia.
The Waterford-born player went on to lead the attack in their vital group qualifying win over Germany in Dublin and played in both legs of the Play-Off victory over Bosnia that got them to Euro 16.
Ireland’s training camp is based in Versailles and they will travel there next Wednesday to prepare for their games in the so-called Group of Death, with Sweden first up on June 13, before taking on Belgium five days later and then Italy on June 22.
“It will be unbelievable to be involved in the tournament, especially when only a few years ago I was not even considered for the squad,” Murphy told the Club website.
“I’m grateful to the manager and staff for giving me a chance and I am proof that if you are playing well enough, whatever your age, your opportunity will come.
“I had been out for so long so to be given a chance in the squad and then to play in the games against Germany and Bosnia was a massive boost for me. That wait has been made worthwhile.
“We are in a tough group but that is what the tournament is all about, playing against the best teams and players. You don’t get the opportunity to play in a tournament like the Euros very often, especially at my age.”